|2. Bite The Bullet|
|3. Left Unfinished|
|5. In The Presence Of My Enemies|
|6. Days Turn Blue To Gray|
|8. All Falls Down|
|9. Wipe The Tears|
|10. Descend The Shades Of Night|
Thankfully, this situation changes. "Days Turn Blue to Gray" features what ought to be a crushing riff that's instead hushed and made to back a pastoral interlude. "All Falls Down" veers from crunching metal to melancholy folk, singer Rob Flynn weirdly employing all the seductive softness of INXS's "Need You Tonight" while threatening strangulation and worse. The tough talkover of "Wipe the Tears" and the sub-classical guitar-fest of "Descend the Shades of Night" bring the album to a glorious conclusion. Machine Head still burn brightly, and Flynn, in discussing the birth-parents who discarded him, takes his rage to new levels. You'd think he'd be over it by now. Be glad he isn't. --Dominic Wills
Imperium, one of the finest songs to ever grace a metal lovers CD player. My friend let me listen to this one song, and it simply blew me away and I went out to buy the album the next day. The build up in this song is simply incredible and then the roar from Rob Flynn signalling the return of brutal Machine Head. I would give the album 5 stars even if Imperium was the only good track on it and the rest of it sucked. However the rest of teh album is far from crap. It is simply stunning. From the incredible choruses, brutal guitar riffs and astounding drumming this album is metal perfection. The final track on this album, the semi acoutic, Descend the Shades of Night is remarkable. From slow acoustic chords being played a unbelievable outpouring of emotion near the end of the song from Rob Flynn takes place.
Trust me, you like metal, buy this, you will not be disappointed. Machine Head seem to be the only band in 2003 that returned to their 'old' roots and succeeded with flying colours. Metallica and St. Anger by far the most disappointing album I ahve ever heard, don't get me wrong I like it, but even after 8 months I can't compare it to any of their old albums, even Load. Korn, yes Take A Look In the Mirror was a triumphant return and was simply the heaviest beats to come out of them in a while, it lacked....... the directiona and emotion of their first attempt. Both these classic bands should take a page out of Machine Head's book for their next records.
Machine Head, they rule, yes they do, they are truly the Kings of Metal.
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